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a note “Yeah, because I’m extremely romantic here. You know what is my fear? This postmodern, permissive, pragmatic etiquette towards sex. It’s horrible. They claim sex is healthy; it’s good for the heart, for blood circulation, it relaxes you. They even go into how kissing is also good because it develops the muscles here—this is horrible, my God! It’s no longer that absolute passion. I like this idea of sex as part of love, you know: ‘I’m ready to sell my mother into slavery just to fuck you forever.’ There is something nice, transcendent, about it. I remain incurably romantic.” Slavoj Zizek It’s not that I’m sick of the digital revolution. I love Gawker and Instagram as much as the next voyeuristic pop-culture enthusiast. It’s just that I disagree about its long prophesied, ostensibly inevitable coup d’état. This issue is an ode to love letters over text messages. To create a print magazine these days, you have to be the kind of an incurable romantic that resists the calls to abandon ship. While everyone’s eschewing eye-contact to fondle their phones with speed and efficiency, it takes an impractical spirit to long for the fortitude of tactile mass, for that intimate contact of skin and printed matter that a screen just can’t deliver. And it’s not just the end-experience, but the process of creation itself, that requires the magic of intimacy. Online content is the product of individuals, but a magazine is built on real-life collaboration. We would not exist without the co-conspirators—our contributors—who help us tell our story. And for this installment, specifically, we serve our narrative to you through rose-colored glasses. The Romance Issue is all about where the whimsy of glamour meets the closeness of intimacy—the pragmatism of partnership sprinkled with fairydust to produce something a touch more beautiful than real life. As a Libra, there’s nothing I enjoy more than discussing relationships, and, as an indecisive subject of Venus, couldn’t choose just one cover—which is why we gave you deux. The first, adorned by melodic songbird Yuna shot by Grant Yoshino, the second, a selection from Andrew Arthur’s stunning editorial, which you can find tucked in between the dozens of bewitching images in this book. In order to start the New Year off on the right foot, we have decided to dissect the hopeless indefinite of “romance,” the chemical imbalance of love, and the benefits of collaboration, all under one magically optimistic umbrella. Have you read that article about the Harvard Grant study? 75 years of data to tell us what we already knew: loving attachments are the recipe for a lifetime of happiness. So as we make efforts to chill the fuck out and trade our narcissism for connection, we can only hope to elevate our maturity and collective consciousness, if only to facilitate a little fulfillment in our golden years by being good to ourselves and others. From the epicurean dishes brought to us by co-chefs and real life couple at Bestia, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen’s new fragrances inspired by their journey to inward bliss, to the tenderly idyllic photographs of Mona Kuhn, and the highly anticipated arrival of Ace Hotel DTLA, LAC explores the emotional oscillations attained through both types of love stories—enlightenment and affection. For this issue, we attempt to explore the notion of romance, illuminated through the cultural expression of our illustrious and sensual city. After all, it’s passion and teamwork that have allowed us to continuously bring you a bi-monthly, printed publication. So in the name of intimate opulence, light a candle, pour some lavender into your bath, chill out, and enjoy the passionate narrative woven throughout every page of our January/February labor of love.

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NOTED t he pop pr oté gé The best thing to come out of Poland since the windshield wiper (shouts to Yahoo answers), singer/songwriter/Frasier addict (us too) IZA has recently signed to Snoop Lion’s Berhane Sound Systems label. The reigning Princess of Polish Pop has experienced notable success as an artist in her native country, with two Polish Grammy nominations for her sophomore album Krzyk. The elegance of her vocals shines most when IZA manipulates simple melodies into irregular progressions, as showcased on her mixtapes “Off the Wire” and “An IZA Christmas” both executive produced by Snoop himself. SOUNDCLOUD.COM/IZALACH

a m a t t er of time Have you ever noticed how the Swedes are good at, like, everything? And in case you were wondering, those well-rounded Scandinavians make a pretty flawless watch as well. Larsson & Jennings really know how to embrace contemporary design; large faces, stainless steel, Italian leather bands, and crystal sapphire glass fuse together to create relatively masculine timepieces that work for both guys and gals. Their AW’13 lookbook makes us weak in the knees, but admittedly, we’ve never met a chrome accent we didn’t like. LARSSONANDJENNINGS.COM

puppy love Anyone who’s ever adopted a pet knows, A: how rewarding it is to save an adorable life and B: get the delightful little fucker fixed immediately. Since 2012, NKLA has spearheaded the initiative to provide spay/neutering to animals in need, as well as facilitated adoptions for healthy pets. With a goal to end the killing of treatable critters in LA city shelters by 2017, these guys have their work cut out for them. Head over to their brick-and-mortar adoption center in West LA, in love with their adorable pups and kitty cats, ready for you to adopt and give a warm home. NKLA.ORG

aeso p’s tave r n When we first walked in to the new watering hole in Little Tokyo, Wolf & Crane, we said to ourselves, “If they don’t play Robyn in 45 minutes, we’re out.” While we waited patiently, sipping on craft beers and highballs, we spread out in the spacious yet warm interior. Blonde wood, flattering lighting, and friendly faces adorned the handsome bar. With a solid happy hour and Sailor Moon wallpaper to boot, Wolf & Crane touts a 3,000 year old history of japanese folklore. WOLFANDCRANEBAR.COM


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‘ till de ath do us part The most satisfying Instagram handle on our feed has always been Stone Cold Fox Bride. Childhood friends Cydney Morris and Dallas Wand started SCF in 2009 after spending a lifetime of travel and summers at Parsons together. These days, the California, vintage-chic label has branched out to include bridal attire, fulfilling a niche overlooked by the strict institution of wedding commerce. So if you promise to love him (or her) forever ever but refuse to commit to taffeta, head over to their site and book a private appointment with the gals for an impeccable gown you can wear more than once. THESTONECOLDFOX.COM

sw e e t tooth Resolutions be damned, we can’t resist candy boutique Sugarfina’s expertly branded delectable treats and, honestly, we really don’t think we should have to. Sweets specialists and real life couple, Rosie O’Neill and Josh Resnick recently turned their one-year-old, Malibu-based start up into a physical space in Beverly Hills. Sugarfina boasts a variety of over 140 different candies, 40% of which cannot be found in the US. These guys are the epitome of Tiffany & Co. for the candy culture—think highbrow delicacies like Ale, Champagne, and Greek Yogurt gummies—that provide atypical confectionaries for the adult palate. SUGARFINA.COM


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KEEP IT MOVING The end of a relationship is kinda like the flu. Everyone’s gone through it, but you don’t remember just how oppressively shitty the emotional plague is until the jarring black cloud of loneliness creeps in or barges back into your status quo. So unfollow, unfriend, delete, eat your feelings, buy a new sweater, and allow LAC to score your Kübler-Ross

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DOESN'T ALWAYS H A VS E TO BE SKIN, SKIN, SKIN IT'S DIFFICULT FOR PEOPLE WHO DONET UNDERSTAND THEY LOOK AT ME AND THEY SEE OPPRESSION ince the release of last year’s “Live Your Life,” a breezy collaboration with the ageless

Pharrell Williams, Yuna has been popping

up at different ends of the musical spectrum. She

was first given the emo-step remix rinse by Adventure

Club before going viral with a cover of Frank Ocean’s

“Thinkin’ Bout You.” She’s done it all while rocking the most badass headscarf since Erykah Badu.

The colorful patterns sheathing her hair could

be considered one of the most positive expressions of

modern Islamic identity in American music to date, but she refers to her hijab-adjacent stylings in an understated way. Most people don’t even know that it is an expression of faith and not fashion. It all comes down

to modesty, an ideal that Yuna holds close. “Modesty is

a beautiful thing,” she says, “It doesn’t always have to

be ‘skin, skin, skin.’ It’s difficult for people who don’t understand. They look at me and they see oppression, but I don’t feel oppressed. It’s my choice.”

In a way, her reservations act as a buffer for the

less savory elements of commercial music. She explains,

“There’re a lot of things out there that are fabricated. A lot of people write about, like, fame, gold chains, and stuff. That’s great, but I realize that I have responsibilities as a

songwriter. People here want something that’s real. When I put my music out there, I don’t have anything else to offer, no skin. It’s just music.”

Hearing a pop artist talk about modesty might

seem foreign, but this ain’t world music at all. Her tunes

have all the savvy of someone who knows her way around Western hipness. “Malaysia will always be home,” Yuna

told me. “My whole life is in Malaysia, but I love working

here. Everyone is very passionate—probably because of the competition. In Malaysia, everyone’s more relaxed, more chilled, more comfortable with how things are. They’re too nice, maybe. It’s a small country.”

Since making the 17-hour trek from Malaysia

three years ago, Yuna has made herself at home in Los Angeles. “I live downtown,” she says, “by the fashion district,

by the textile shops. I just get inspired walking around there.

I love fashion. That’s why I love living downtown. You can feel this culture there. Whenever I go anywhere else, like Beverly Hills or somewhere, I don’t feel the realness.”

Style is an important form of expression for

Yuna. Her forthcoming collection, November Culture,

bears a distinctive brand of accessible sophistication. In her words, “It’s not like a designer line. It’s more like

high street. It has a little bit of a Topshop feel. Basically just the stuff that I like. I designed it! I’m trying to make

clothes for everybody—Muslims [and] non-Muslims alike. I’m most inspired by Audrey Hepburn. She has a

certain modest vibe. She’s never sexy, you never see her that way. She just looks beautiful all the time.”

Other third culture kids like M.I.A and Das

Racist make a point of inflating political themes in

their music, irrelevant of the substance behind them for the sake of coming off as provocative or edgy. That

isn’t Yuna’s vibe at all. What makes her so universally appealing is the grace and aplomb with which she is

simply herself and nothing else. “I’m not trying to send out a message.” she says, “Whoever you are, regardless

of what background you’re from, just be yourself. If you feel like you can give something to the world, just do it.

There’s no underlying statement. I’m just trying to make music and make people happy.”

Her new album Nocturnal is typically Yuna:

composed and effervescent at once, stuffed with jaunty

numbers that craft tales of a girl finding her way with an effortless pop sensibility. She’s surrounded herself with top-notch producers like Chad Hugo (The Neptunes,

N.E.R.D) and Robin Hannibal (Rhye), but her voice and character are what lifts the record from good to great.

Despite the hype, Yuna remains humble. “I

still consider myself simple and normal,” she says, “I try

not to think so much about stuff that’s happening around me. I still go home, I’m still close to my grandparents. I

just see this as work, I don’t see it as my life. I still go to Target and get really excited about stuff.”

Considering that this is the Romance issue, I

thought it appropriate to ask Yuna for a good bit of love advice. She imparted this nugget of wisdom upon me: “Always know when to stop loving someone too much.

Start caring about yourself. Not to say that you have to be selfish. If you don’t know how to love yourself, you can’t

love someone else. That’s what I’ve learned about myself.”

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WITH THE ACE HOTEL MAKING IT’S LOS ANGELES DEBUT THIS WINTER, BROADWAY IS READY FOR HER CLOSE-UP text ERIN DENNISON Ok, stop us if you’ve heard this one . . . a previously disregarded

The Ace Hotel, which operates hotels across the world, is set to

neighborhood east of La Brea is set to play host to a new generation of fancified

make its LA debut at 929 S. Broadway in the United Artists building. Designed

cool. Sorry Highland Park, you’re going to have to step up your sidewalk

in 1927 by C. Howard Crane of Walker and Eisen, the iconic building was a

culture, ‘cause we’re talking more than foreclosure chasing here. Many a

former home of the Maverick Film Studio, and anchors the Broadway Theater

municipal-planning clairvoyant have predicted the resurrection of DTLA, and

District’s corridor of cool. Noted actress and co-founder of UA Mary Pickford

proof has been trickling in. Umami on 8th? Be still our urban development

and her love for the ornate has not been lost on the building’s theater,

hearts—2014 is Broadway’s year.

appropriated from the Segovia Cathedral of Spain. With a distinctive mixture

Five years ago, even a venturesome Angeleno probably wouldn’t park near Broadway and 9th past ten o’clock, let alone shell out a car

of aesthetic awe and irreverent independence, the Ace hoteliers have chosen a bewitching structure for their Los Angeles brick-and-mortar.

payment to wake up there the next day. The gentrification of Downtown has

The venue hosts 16 suites among its 182 rooms. Aside from standard

been unlike any other neighborhood in Los Angeles, mostly because the

amenities, the Ace boasts uniquely LA services such as a screening room,

infrastructure has been in place since the turn of the twentieth century—

Martin guitars, Reva turntables and radios, and custom Pendleton blankets in

the parking lot monopolies claimed, the sidewalks wide, and the buildings

all rooms. With a little interior design help from Commune and Atelier Ace, the

already haunted. The rebirth and transformation of the community is just

lodge has once again proved they can wow a niche audience of tastemakers.

that—a renaissance—and if you ask its residents, an overdue one. That

So spare us your hipster condemnations and anti-gentrification

said, in the name of all things progressive, some seriously sought-after

rhetoric. Contrarian gripes are boring. This modern take on re-appropriations

brands are staking their claim along the district’s most challenging artery.

keeps brilliant architecture intact, delivering it to an audience for the first

The aggressively-gifted, plastic bracelets and oppressive LED speaker

time in decades. Wouldn’t you want to see restored Spanish-Gothic vaulted

systems on Broadway have been replaced by an Urban Outfitters, Acne,

ceilings in person, instead of hearing Pirate recount tales of abandoned-

OAK, A.P.C., and one famously hip hotel chain.

building-spelunking outside of LA Café? 929 SOUTH BROADWAY LOS ANGELES, CA 90015 ACEHOTEL.COM/LOSANGELES


n illusion that nothing is SHADOW without the underlyin hadn’t known she were ngeles, I might think B ona Kuhn was refe rrin ndscape; where perfect ude’ is never ‘naked,’ rgiv ing golden hours o uge difference between n aked when caught off g tuation. The nude to m ith art history reference BOXER

Photographer Mona Ku hn wa n t s you t o st a n d ri g ht t he re . . .

“It has one of the most beautiful lights I have

While having been inspired by the sensualist works

ever seen. Its vast city spread gives a sense of freedom and

of fellow Brazilian Mario Cravo Neto, Kuhn distinguishes her life-

an illusion that nothing is impossible. However, I could do

long folio, from what a more myopic mind might consider erotica;

without the underlying sense of impermanence.” If I hadn’t

“Although we are sexual beings, I am not interested in erotic

known she was talking about the city of Los Angeles, I might

photography. I am very respectful of my sitters, and take care

think Brazilian-born photographer Mona Kuhn was referring to

to develop a unique visual vocabulary, apart from the mundane.

some fleeting, mystical landscape; where perfectly lit pillow

There is enough of that already out there in the world. I stay

palaces abound, ‘nude’ is never ‘naked,’ and it’s always one of

away from it. For me, there is a huge difference between ‘naked’

those forgiving golden hours of the day. Then again, she has

and ‘nude.’ Someone feels ‘naked’ when caught off guard or

made her mark capturing those precious little whiles.

in a vulnerable situation. The ‘nude’ to me is always clothed,

Mona Kuhn produces intimate images of colors.

clothed with art history references all around, almost in a way

Although it may be difficult to not first notice the undressed

that it cannot escape it. The nude I am interested [in] presents

persons in her photographs. “I start my creative process by

an inner strength and confidence that keeps them from ‘feeling

imagining colors . . . From there, I tie in emotion, then location,

naked.’ You can see that in my work, in the natural positions and

and last, the people. I might be working six months into a project

in the confident eyes of the people I photograph.” In a society

before I find the right person to photograph.” She goes on to revere

that largely scoffs, heedless of looking like knuckle draggers, at

her collaborators: “It is a privilege for me to be able to photograph

mothers breastfeeding in open spaces, it’s easy to suggest that

my close friends and extended family in the nude, honest and free.

the neutralization of nude could come as a public service. Literal

I photograph the nude as a natural essence of who we are.”

definitions aside, amidst ‘nude’ and ‘naked,’ you’ll find nuance.


s impossible. However, n g sense of impermane e talking about the city Brazilian-born photog ng to some fleeting , my tly li t pillow palaces a an d it’s always one o of th e day. For me, t he naked and nude. Someon guard and/or in a vuln me is always clothed, c es all around, almo st in t e x t VIJA HOD OS Y

Languid and layered, Kuhn’s vignettes promote

Kuhn’s forthcoming Private and Untitled, her fifth

a sense of tranquility and confidence. It empowers her

and sixth books of photography will be published in 2014 by

subjects and aids in Kuhn’s argument that nudity can be

her fans at Steidl. In between her personal work, she also

neutralized and used to convey more than sexual fantasies

manages

and arousal. It can be used to focus on the essence of the

campaigns and numerous editorial spreads comprised of

human condition—in that, when stripped of our excess, we

sessions with James Franco and all those other thoughtful

are simply animals with extraordinary complexities. In other

dreamboats floating the pages of international print. Currently

words, it’s not what you say, but how you say it.

(and through February), her photograph entitled, “Boy By The

commercial

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luxury

fashion

In the parlance of Western times, the emotionally

Door” (2002) is part of a special exhibit at the Louvre in Paris,

indulgent distinction between ‘naked’ and ‘nude’ points

an unprecedented showing of contemporary works curated by

to the fact that we judge nudity contextually. And when

American theater creative Robert Wilson.

considering the value of a particular “work of art”, how

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sensitivities,

Mona

Kuhn’s

we perceive motives plays largely into our conclusions. To

montages seize all effective lambency, while omitting all

say that the distinction between types of cloth- less-ness

unnecessary accessory. As she embarks on what is already set

is purely semantics is an oversimplification. If not in art

to be a full year, she reminisces on her journey thus far: “It has

and in love, where are we free to be emotionally indulgent?

been like swimming in a river with strong currents that follow

Where can we be wowed by nuance? We have developed and

[their] own nature.” Whilst skinny- dipping, we dare.

nurtured these spaces for those very purposes. Let there be distinctions, let there be emotions, let there be light!

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KAYNE GRIFFIN CORCORAN IS MARCHING TO THEIR OWN BEAT

text RACHEL MANY At just 29 years old, Maggie Kayne has been staking claim to

her personal faves like Turrell, Aïda Ruilova, Yves Klein, and David Lamelas while

LA’s illustriously enigmatic art world. Between her freshly minted 15,000

inviting guest curators—among them The Palais de Tokyo’s Marc-Olivier Wahler—

square foot gallery space with partners James Corcoran and Bill Griffin, her

to curate exhibits and collaborate with talent they have discovered.

celebrated inaugural show with long-time pal and all-around man about town

Maggie’s unique approach is currently envisioned in her most

James Turrell, and her recent exhibition with demigod David Lynch, it’s safe

recent program, a joint exhibition of artist Robert Graham and Dara Friedman.

to say that Maggie is staying ahead of the curve. And all while barely pushing

A nod to the romantic, an ode to the human form, and a dip into the erotic,

the greater part of her adult years.

Friedman and Graham’s work play off one another, sparking new ways of

Kayne Griffin Corcoran, Maggie’s exceptionally designed space on

looking and thinking about each individually. “The exhibitions hit a common

south La Brea is a soothing retreat, complete with Turrellian (patent pending)

note in our program: a mix of historical and emerging artists, both local and

light elements, a retractable Skyspace, and various outdoor elements also

not, brought together here in Los Angeles.”

designed by Turrell. A veiled treasure among the encroaching auto shops

Even the design of the gallery itself, a creative vision of Kayne,

and fast food eyesores on the same stretch, the gallery might be easy to miss

Griffin, Corcoran, Turrell, and LA-based design firm Standard, is an exclusive

to the untrained eye. “I enjoy being slightly off the beaten path,” Maggie

example of the unique output of collaboration. “Turrell approached the project with the goal of enhancing the

says, “but still conveniently located.” She approaches art with the same iconoclastic, trailblazing streak,

experience between art and architecture and indoor and outdoor spaces,”

steering clear of the relatively established cobblestoned road of traditional art

says Maggie. “We really enjoy how bright and airy the space feels; it has a

dealing in favor of a freshly paved one.

quintessential Los Angeles vibe.”

“My priority is always to create an experience and to focus on what

While it may be easy to lump Maggie Kayne in with the new

I think is historical and not worry about how to sell a show,” she says. “I have a

generation of well-off, well-connected young gallerists popping up in New

tendency to shy away from what’s exploding in the market and embrace things that

York and LA, evidently, she’s proving herself to be quite an asset. And Bill

I think are truly lasting.” It’s a unique trajectory, confronting the world of traditional

Griffin would agree, describing Maggie as a force to be wreckoned with in the

galleries with a more savvy and enduring method to collaboration. Rather than

Los Angeles gallery scene. “The art world is a bunch of lemmings,” he says.

amass a permanent roster, Maggie prefers to maintain close relationships with

“She’s moving to her own beat.”

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FÚTBOL: THE BEAUTIFUL GAME LACMA February 2nd – July 20th Fútbol: The Beautiful Game examines the subject of football and its interactions with societies around the world. Celebrating the sport on the eve of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the exhibition includes approximately thirty artists from around the world and touches on the sport’s relationship to issues of nationalism and identity, globalism and mass spectacle, as well as the common human experience shared by spectators from many cultures. lacma.org

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B. WURTZ Richard Telles Fine Art February 15th – March 15th Opening Reception: Saturday, February 15th, 5 pm Wurtz’s work, an exploitation in the sculptural potential of everyday objects, incorporates elements of found objects and raw materials—such as wood, metal, plastic bags, shoelaces, and marble—into his sculptures, inviting comparisons between things: art to non-art, and the mass-produced to the handmade. tellesfineart.com

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WALEAD BESHTY Regen Projects February 22nd – March 29th Opening Reception: Saturday, November 16th, 6 pm In his most recent work, Walead Beshty explores social and political conditions of our material culture through the medium of photography and the investigation of photography itself. His explorations continue to touch on the gap between projection and fictionalization, and the “truth” behind superficially stable types of “factual” images. regenprojects.com

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Presumably, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen are early

So how do you navigate the enigmatic ministry of

risers. Millionaires at age nine and sitting atop a significant

fashion without being born into its sanctity? Carefully. It takes

empire of three corporations at 27, the innate work ethic

a deliberately potent breed of gritty eloquence to become a

breathed into the twins before they could speak was only

legitimate player amongst the sartorial elite. And if you are the

a fragment of the formula responsible for their improbable

Olsens, it takes cautious exorcism of your begrudged celebrity to

success. Drudgery aside, the calculated move to take over

redirect the media’s attention from who you are to what you do.

Dualstar Entertainment Group at 18, after a lifetime of

As the Hillary Duffs and fashion school DIY-ers have learned the

being directed, sealed their fate as moguls. It took a bit

hard way, sitting at the table amongst billionaire-owned, luxury

of disciplinary transcendence fused with acute intuition to

apparel corporations is a chronicle of mêlées at best. The sisters’

perform the vanishing act behind their luxury companies.

most notable accomplishments have occurred independent of

These days, their chairmanship at the CFDA is finally

the haphazard entertainment industry. Now behind closed doors,

garnering more attention than their supposed BMI.

Mary-Kate and Ashley have gently prospered on their own terms.


rience their nirvana,” nd I understand eve we’re asking our Eli zab r nirvana? Everyone w a,” mused Mary-Kate. “ one’s nirvana is differ beth and James girl: ‘W ne wants to experienc Kate. “Ashley and I und different, so we’re aski girl: ‘What is your ni rience their nirvana,” photography Doug Emmett | styling Raul Guerrero hair + makeup Barbara Yniguez | model Milan @ Photogenics photo assistant Heather Gildroy | assistants Lauren McQuade + Aaron Ramey text Erin Dennison

In a world run by Mark Parker, Francois-Henri

which bodes a complex amalgamation of sandalwood and violet

Pinault and Bernard Arnault, two former child stars not only

warmed by vanilla. Nirvana White balances crisp bergamot and

design sophisticated products, but have fluently directed three

a palate of musks, and after learning the process with Black,

brands, catching the attention and cosign of both Anna and

took only a month to perfect. Dissimilar yet cohesive, both

Carine. Over 60 employees make up the payrolls of The Row,

Nirvana White and Nirvana Black were developed to reflect the

Elizabeth and James, and Olsenboye, and early this year they

celebration of intimacy and individuality—of one’s personal

will add fragranciers to their repertoire, with the launch of two

definition of enlightenment and inward bliss.

scents for Elizabeth and James: Nirvana White and Nirvana Black, exclusively available at Sephora.

Both Mary-Kate and Ashley were heavily involved in

“Everyone wants to experience their nirvana,” mused

Mary-Kate. “Ashley and I understand everyone’s nirvana is different, so we’re asking our Elizabeth and James girl: ‘What is your nirvana?’”

the production of the fragrances, stating that they wanted to

Two years in the making, the ladies have finally

create wearable perfumes inspired by the notes and essential

created a product they can be proud of, under an umbrella

oils that compelled each individually. Pierre Negin, famed

entirely of their creation and ostensibly gaining peace of mind

perfumer and man behind Tom Ford Black Orchid Voile de Fleur,

by manipulating their child celebrity into retail domination.

lent his hand in the yearlong development of Nirvana Black,

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What do you get when you combine Damien Hirst, The Row and some snakeskin? If you are Just One Eye co-founder Paola Russo, you get seventeen $55,000 backpacks—and then you actually sell them.

Just One Eye houses indisputably elegant collections from ready-to-wear icons like Rodarte and

As we approach the valiant structure at

Proenza Schouler, mixed in with luxury cult-favorites

7000 Romaine Street, it comes as no surprise that the

Alexandre Vauthier and Olympia Le-Tan, along with

imposing art deco edifice once served as mission control

quirky selections like $15,000 Pop-Art rhinos from

to infamously eccentric virtuoso, Howard Hughes. And it

sculptor Victor Douieb. Colossal Gary Lang paintings

seems as though his enigmatic legacy has not been lost

adorn the mesmerizing space, whose floors are peppered

through the structure’s repurposing. A breathtaking spatial

with artwork crafted by Japanese sculptor Takashi

exhibit in its own right, Just One Eye is a retail experiment

Murakami.

meets art exhibit that personifies the value of teamwork.

genius with a homepage designed by Ed Ruscha and a

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logo by graphic wizard Peter Saville. This much genius

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emporium. Previously working with Belgian designer

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transformed from a unique creative force into an

Converse Chuck Taylors by assembling the classic

industry savvy mogul, able to navigate the complexities

shape with two of his canvases (themselves inspired by

of both fashion and art priesthoods.

a Willem de Kooning portrait of Marilyn Monroe). This peculiar initiative resulted in the Holy Grail of concept sneakers for a mere $25,000. Food for thought: a Balmain jacket is more than twice that. Your move, Yeezy.

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h e n r y j o o s t & r e l s ch u l m a n s u p e r m a r ch é b r o s . You already know Henry Joost and Rel Schulman because they brought your worst fears about online dating and neighborhood demons to the big screen in Catfish and the last two Paranormal Activity films. Their production company, Supermarché was born in 2007, but Joost and Schulman have been BFFs since high school. Intuitive directors and documentarians, they chase stories and, like any good tag team, deliver. Word on the street: team Supermarché is cooking up an adaptation of Edward Abbey’s classic The Monkey Wrench Gang. Joost and Schulman are a production power couple that make Hillary and Bill look lazy.

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i s a a c ra v i s h a n k a ra lens armstrong Isaac Ravishankara is a superhero in a beanie. But his Peter Parker glasses aren’t fooling anyone. At only 28, the LA-based music video director is also the president of a local non-profit. Not all music videos can reach the emotional depths of Kim and Kanye’s gyrating motorcycle sequence, but Ravishankara’s work certainly holds its own in the competitive industry. His work is personal and thoughtful, including videos for The Lumineers and Ellie Goulding. When he isn’t orchestrating our best guilty pleasure playlists, Isaac’s kickin’ it with the kids. He and fellow directors founded OMG Everywhere! to give youth access to arts-education. The nonprofit is the ultimate space for our next generation to explore the power of the camera and their own creativity. Did we mention that Isaac also went to Harvard and

ami sioux a l i t t l e b i t r o ck & r o l l Ami Sioux is a photographer, musician, and all around spirit animal. Born into Jehovah’s Witnesses, Sioux traded in pamphlets and found the light in the quiet of darkrooms. Sioux’s fashion and portrait photography is a generous collection that reads like a private journal—it’s accessible but never compromises the intimacy of its muses. She’s been featured in French Vogue, i-D, and Self Service, while brands like Stussy and Levi’s are collaborating with Sioux on the regular. As if she wasn’t already the coolest friend you’ve never had, her EP, The Next In Line, is a rock and roll tease to an album set to release this spring.

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is working on his first feature? Yeah, same.

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mo ti on when they eat hat the restaurant d oes e have told us, the food ’s really important to care into eating our uch care into mak ing w we are. I always ask is exactly how I made his perfect?’. I’ll h ave Chef Ori Menashe and Chef Genevieve Gergis are more than just the talented visionaries behind Bestia, one of LA’s premiere and innovative Italian restaurants located in the Arts District. They are also the warm and passionate husband and wife team with plans to expand both their restaurant and family in the coming months. The pair discuss their inspirations, the LA food scene, and, of course, the challenges and rewards of mixing love and cooking.

DISHES LIKE SEA URCHIN WITH MINT AND NECTARINE OR CACAO PASTA WITH OXTAIL AND CURRENTS, AND TARTS LACED WITH BUTTERSCOTCH AND COCONUT, SCREAM INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY. NOT TO MENTION ALL OF YOUR IN-HOUSE CURED MEATS. WHAT INSPIRES YOUR MENU?

I create depending on the season. So when

coconut that goes with it. When I create a dish, I will often use

nectarines were in season, I created that dish to center around the

an inspiration from something I’ve had and end up turning it into

nectarine. Maybe the sea urchin seems like the main ingredient

something that no one recognizes. Everything comes from things

there, but it was more about the nectarine. For example, I taste

I love or have had along the way: a cookie, a candy, anything.

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MENASHE :

the nectarine and then I try to balance the nectarine with other

flavors. It’s very seasonal and we try to think outside of the box. We don’t want to be too focused on a traditional Italian menu. Though there are a lot of traditional elements, we try to put a

spin on it based on what is here in California or what produce

we have available. For us, it’s all about fresh ingredients, local

ingredients, and the highest quality possible. The flavor profile

is just things that make sense in my head. So, you have the nectarine that is sweet and you have the brininess of the sea urchin, and add the element of mint to balance the two. You need that balance to create a dish. Whatever it is—sweetness,

acidity, herbs—whatever it is. For me it is all about balance. The right bite of everything on the plate.

C HEF G ENEVIEVE

GERGIS :

Mine is a little bit different. I am very

focused on the season too, but I would say my inspiration comes from childhood. A lot of my desserts are about experiences in

my childhood. So the butterscotch and coconut actually comes

from a Samoa cookie. When I was little, my absolute favorite Girl Scout cookie was a Samoa. I tried to recreate it, but I felt that

the chocolate overpowered it. I ended up just using butterscotch and coconut and pairing it with a fresh coconut sorbet to give

it a freshness. You get the dry coconut and then the summer-y

JONATHAN GOLD HAS CALLED YOUR RESTAURANT’S FOOD “AMONG THE MOST PURELY ITALIAN DISHES I HAVE HAD IN LOS ANGELES,” OTHERS CLAIM “SOPHISTICATION WITHOUT BEING TOO SHOWY.” WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR DINERS EXPERIENCE AT BESTIA?

GG: We really just want them to be happy. We don’t want to

have them think too much about each dish that comes out.

OM: We want people to feel comfortable, have a great

experience, and not be afraid to come here once or twice a

week. We want regulars. People that see you and you can joke around with. That’s why we have an open kitchen, we want to be able to talk to our customers.

GG: Our food is not contemplative or anything. If you have stew

here, it is meant to be the best stew you ever ate. So you walk away going, ‘that stew is amazing’ or ‘that fish was cooked

perfectly’ and you can tell that every bite was handmade by someone who cared. That is what we want people to take away,

rather than, ‘oh, I’ve never had a flavor profile like that with that powdered nitrogen before.’ Then they might just forget

about it because it was just a one bite sensation. We want more

of an emotion when they eat the food. I would say that the restaurant does well because, as people have told us, the food

is so comforting. That’s really important to us. They put a lot of care into eating our food and we put so much care into making

it. You should see how we are. I always ask him [Chef Ori], ‘Is this exactly how I made it yesterday?’ or ‘Is this perfect?’.

I’ll have him taste it. We always do that to each other, all day, because we always want things to be the best we can make it. (continued on next page)


GG: He lets me do some savory stuff sometimes!

OM: We both do, actually.

SO, WHO MAKES DINNER IN YOUR HOUSE?

her. Well, mostly she calms me down.

or am in a bad situation, she is here for me. I do the same for

OM: It has been great. It is very stressful and when I need her

GG: We made plans for a disaster.

OM: We thought it was going to be a disaster.

GG: We don’t fight and I thought we would!

OM: Amazing.

WE READ THAT YOU TWO MET MANY YEARS AGO AT LA TERZA, WHEN CHEF GERGIS WAS A HOSTESS AND YOU WERE WORKING IN THE KITCHEN. WHAT IS IT LIKE WORKING TOGETHER AS A COUPLE?

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waiter. I kept begging him to sit down. He wouldn’t sit down.

That was hilarious. He started serving me everything as if he was my

GG: It was Kohlrabi risotto. And I love Kohlrabi. And lamb chops.

it was that good.

OM: I remember what I cooked for her . . . and I really don’t think

now, it’s ready and is going to go bad.’

am at work until 7:30, right?’. He said ‘You have to leave work right

everything early and it was done at like five. I told him, ‘You know I

GG: You know what’s funny, he got so nervous that he made

to be perfect. The temperatures had to be perfect.

I kept asking her, ‘When are you coming home?’ I wanted everything

we started dating. I was so nervous. It was crazy. I was stressing out.

OM: I remember cooking for her for our sixth-month anniversary after

will make it to make you happy.

chef—who is very particular and doesn’t appreciate a certain food—

making it. That is the most romantic. So the most romantic is when a

He makes it anyway just to make me happy. And he even suggests

makes me my favorite food that I like to eat, but he doesn’t care for.

GG: That place is cool. But the real most romantic thing is when Ori

give the chef some of your wine. It is a cool place, I like it.

your table on a small grill. You bring your own wine and you have to

Then, at your seat there is a lot of raw meat. They grill the meats at

your reservation which the chef has to personally allow you to make.

the restaurant. It doesn’t seem like it is even open. You show up for

It is a hole-in-the-wall on Pico. With newspapers all over the front of

OM: Well, we drink wine and no one bothers us. The food is amazing.

favorite product.

because he is romancing the meat! There, he has his wife and his

It’s romantic to you because they only serve meat. Romantic

GG: Not romantic! It has privacy because there are only five tables.

probably Totoraku.

is hard. I think the restaurant where we have the most privacy is

OM: They will actually just sit with us for dinner. Romantic? That

anywhere where the food is good, they know us and we know them.

GG: All the chefs in LA are friends with the other chefs in LA. You go

in and people know us and they come to talk to us and hangout.

OM: I feel like restaurants aren’t romantic for us anymore. We walk

CHEF ORI, WHERE WOULD YOU TAKE YOUR WIFE FOR A VERY ROMANTIC MEAL HERE IN LA?

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BITES FOR CASANOVA Oh, the perils of dating. Drunken booty calls, counting the minutes til it’s cool to text back without looking desperate . . . Well, we can’t control all the factors of chaos in the dating matrix, but why not plan a date where improving your chances of a liaison are written in the DNA of your meal. From classic aphrodisiacs like oysters and chocolate, to uni, caviar, and honey, we dig around for the best places for you to put your best foot forward. SILVERLAKE | L&E OYSTER BAR Get your fillings of the world’s most notorious aphrodisiac at this neighborhood oyster bar. Served up in a multitude of manners— raw, grilled, and fried—you’re sure to find a presentation of the bivalves that’s to your liking. Beware though: L&E does not accept reservations, so give yourself plenty of time to snag a seat. WHAT TO GET: For the traditionalists, raw oysters are available by the dozen and you can scope out L&E’s daily oyster offerings on their Twitter. Not so keen on raw? You can also get your oysters grilled here. Try them “casino” style with butter, paprika, thyme, shallots, and Neuske’s bacon, or get the “oysters L&E” with duck confit, dried sour cherries, chives, and bread crumbs. leoysterbar.com

DOWNTOWN | Q RESTAURANT This recent addition to downtown houses some of the best Edo-style sushi LA has seen yet, with an interesting backstory: Two Western attorneys fall in love with sushi in Japan at the hands of Chef Hiroyuki Naruke. When the Tōhoku tsunami hits, they and a fellow colleague coax the beleaguered sushi chef to the States, and the rest is history. WHAT TO GET: Although it may be an acquired taste, uni is a prized delicacy in Japan, and discerning epicureans around the globe are catching on. With a sweet, buttery, and briny flavor, uni owes its aphrodisiac reputation to anandamide, a neurotransmitter which is reported to activate dopamine production in your brain. For a real sweet-and-savory treat, try their miso-marinated uni. qsushila.com

BRENTWOOD | COMPARTES CHOCOLATIER From its aroma to its heavenly taste, what’s not to like about chocolate? Whether you like dark, milk, or white chocolate, you’ll find some of the city’s most beautifully presented chocolates here at Jonathan Grahm’s chocolate emporium. Go ahead and judge a book by its cover, too, because the chocolates here taste as good as they appear, adorned with elegant and colorful patterns indicative of the chocolates’ flavors. WHAT TO GET: Compartes chocolates come in over 100 varieties, so there’s bound to be at least one chocolate to satisfy even the pickiest of chocolate eaters. Pick something fragrant to maximize the aphrodisiac potential. We suggest the olive oil rosemary, strawberry balsamic, and smoked sea salt. Compartes also offers holiday and seasonally-themed chocolate flavors, like egg nog or blackberry sage. compartes.com

MANHATTAN BEACH | M.B. POST Chef David LeFevre’s post office turned “social restaurant” is a Manhattan Beach staple, making the perfect setting for a romantic brunch. Communal tables and re-invented down-home cooking make M.B. post the optimal mix of casual, accessible ambience and gourmet cuisine. WHAT TO GET: While fried chicken doesn’t exactly shoot to the top of our aphrodisiac list, the ingredients featured in this rendition are what help this dish make the cut. Laced with honey and truffle, the highly aromatic dish satisfies both the glutton and the epicurean with its crispy exterior, juicy meat, and fragrant sauce. eatmbpost.com

WEST HOLLYWOOD | PETROSSIAN The Petrossian’s history as a caviar purveyor dates back almost a century, when Russian brothers Melkoum and Mouchegh Petrossian relocated from Russia to Paris to sling the fish eggs and elevate the delicacy into the world of luxe, French cuisine. Today, caviar is known world-over and is often viewed as an aphrodisiac not so much for its makeup, but for its elusiveness and expensive pricetag. WHAT TO GET: Whether folded into scrambled eggs and topped with vodka cream, or sandwiched in between layers of beef tartare, there’s a presentation to satisfy all—from the novice to the caviar connoisseur. Those willing to shell out can get the Tsar Imperial Caviar Trio: 30 grams each of Tsar Imperial Ossetra, Siberian & Transmontanus Caviar for a whopping $390. petrossian.com

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CATCH ‘EM WHILE THEY’RE HERE text VI NGUYEN Our city is a bastion of creativity, and when it comes to culinary affairs, we’re no exception. From boozey ice cream to donuts, meatballs, cookies, and more—Los Angeles is a hotbed for the tortuously temporary pop-up scene, testing the waters and teasing the food community with inventive concepts. But quit your office procrastinating, there’s no need to Twitter-stalk and blog-browse religiously, we’ve done the homework for you. See below for the scoop on upcoming food pop-ups, from Filipino cuisine to Paris avant-garde, all for your dining pleasure.

C O M PA N Y O F K H A N H Forget gimmicky plating and unjustly tiny portions, Company of Khanh serves good food, and plenty of it. Khanh grew up watching her mom cook in countless restaurants and has absorbed inspiration from global cookbooks, refining her skills in the kitchen for her favorite audience: her friends and family. Her dinners are small and intimate, and you might find anything on the menu from Cuban sofrito and Ethiopian duro wat to Vietnamese banh xeo crepes. Her dinners are almost always collaborations, and her next one will serve as a prequel to mentor and artist, Sylvia Fuller’s art show on February 7th.

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LASA Pork and acid. Oops, not the psychedelic kind,

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S C R AT C H BA R GUEST CHEF SERIES This relatively new addition to Beverly Hills’ “Restaurant Row” is known for its combination of cozy vibes and creative, visuallyarresting cuisine. Chef Philip Franklin Lee heads the restaurant and brings with him a veritable list of experience, including time at Hatfield’s and Stefan’s at LA Farm, as well as a staging at Alinea and Providence. Chef Philip plans to host a series of guest chefs, culminating in a grand group-chef pop-up on January 27th. For a taste of what’s to come, on January 12th, attend Chef Philip’s dinner with guest chef, Jason Fullilove ($65 for seven courses). Expect dishes like big eye tuna with crushed olive, bergamot sour orange, and pistachio; or oxtail angolotti with luscious marrow, watercress braising jus, and shaved pecorino. For dessert, revisit the cronut trend with a glazed croissant doughnut with smoked coco nibs and sea salt hot chocolate. Yum.

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PARACH UTE MARKET The boutique design fair slash market, founded by Coryander Friend, expands its repertoire with a pop-up dinner alongside interactive performances and installations. Food will be served up by Maria Saldana and Ralph Soroczynska, alongside an “Airchitecture” installation by Doron Gazit, a dance performance by Ryan Heffington, and a movement ritual by Mecca Vazie and Andrews. To be honest, we’re not sure what “Airchitecture” or a movement ritual is, but we’re intrigued, and if the night is anything like Parachute’s seasonal design fairs, dinner should be both a sight and experience to behold. Purchase tickets ($100) online by January 18th.

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“ C UR- ATE ” Ah, Paris. The land of mysterious electro-robots, metabolically gifted, and butter. Lots of it. We too dream of visits to the city of lights, but if lack of time or funds has your wanderlust in check, get the next best thing by visiting Cur-ATE on February 13th, a concept-dinner and tour led by Maite Gomez-Rejón of Artbites ($90 members; $100 non-members). Cur-ATE immerses guests in a discussion of the social and historical role of food and Parisian cafés, as displayed in LACMA’s collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art. Once you’ve got your tastebuds adequately yearning, guests can enjoy a meal prepared by Chef Kris Morningstar of Ray’s and Stark Bar.

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GOLDIE’S BATTERY PARK RE-IMAGINES A BAR STAPLE text VI NGUYEN photo RACHEL MANY Some like bitter, others like sweet. Even in this day and age of trendy complexity in cocktails, that dichotomy has guided bar managers and mixologists in crafting menus that appeal to the palates of both the alcoholic consumptionist n00b and the experienced drinker whose tastebuds no longer tolerate the juicelike composition of many a college cocktail. Even the most elitist of bars have a menu that varies in range from, ‘This is how I imagine bug juice and gasoline tastes and I like it’ to ‘Ah, saccharine nectar of the gods—I hope this still has some alcohol in it.’ So how do you craft a cocktail that could please both the supposed male and female palates, whatever they may be? Tradition dictates that the male favors the cocktail that lets the flavor of the liquor come through, while the female leans toward the cocktails whose sodas, juices, and syrups mask what can often be perceived as an unsavory taste of alcohol. Though this gender-based dichotomy is arguably outdated, the fact still stands that crafting a cocktail that appeals to a broad spectrum of palates is no easy task. With that in mind, we approached Goldie’s bar manager, Brittini Rae Peterson, with this hefty challenge. Despite recently being named Eater LA’s bartender of the year, Brittini and the bar program she leads is far from unapproachable. You won’t find flamed cocktails, fancy spherifications or foams here. Instead, Goldie’s cocktail menu is one with a selection of carefully crafted concoctions that are accessible yet still introduce the drinker to the concept of mixology. Take for example, the chosen cocktail that Brittini has divulged to us today. It’s one that can be shared between two and can please both a masculine and feminine palate. The ‘Battery Park’ is a variation of the traditional Manhattan cocktail—a bar staple typically made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. On first taste, the Battery Park is sweet, owing to maple syrup and Italian vermouth. With time, a gorgeous ruby-red ice sphere of peychaud bitters melts, mixing in gently with the vermouth and combination of peach and peychaud bitters, allowing the drink to morph into something increasingly complex and bitter.

With its shifting flavor profile, the Battery

Park is just the concoction to share with your main squeeze, but we won’t tell anyone if you want it all for yourself.

RECIPE 1/4 oz MAPLE SYRUP

At least 8-10 hours prior, prepare ice sphere

3/4 oz PUNT E MES

by mixing 10-14 dashes of peychaud bitters

1 3/4 oz RITTENHOUSE RYE

with enough water to fill ice sphere mold.

2 DASHES PEYCHAUD BITTERS

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5 DASHES MIRACLE MILE PEACH BITTERS

Park,’ remove ice sphere from mold and

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place in glass. Stir remaining ingredients

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until chilled and serve over ice ball. Garnish

FILTERED WATER

with both lemon and orange zest.

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text SARAH RODENHOUSE photo ANDREW STUART Looking for a place where you can get tequila and champagne in

But the true pièce de résistance of Arakaki’s menu is the $500

the same glass? Or how about ice cream and liquor in one dish? Well, look

‘Velvet Goldmine,’ a substantial trademark to match the equally substantial

no further. John Arakaki has taken Los Angeles’ creative exploration to a

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whole new level. The Powder Room, the Cahuenga corridor’s latest vice, is

Reserva Limitada, D’USSE VSOP cognac, ice cream and much more, is a

overflowing with retro soda fountain nostalgia—brewed with sleek, snake-skin

Swarovski Crystal Nirvana ring . . . to keep.

Amongst the edible 23 carat gold, chocolate ganache, Bacardi

If the sugar rush proves too powerful, chief bartender Luke Andes has

enhancements, and garnished with a touch of late-night, boozy, Hollywood

created an alternative cocktail menu, which focuses on fresh market ingredients,

glam. Ziggy Stardust, eat your heart out. The Powder Room, brought to us by the creators of neighboring

housemade tonics, and freshly squeezed juices mixed with premium liquors.

night haunt St. Felix, boasts a satisfying, well-rounded beer and wine menu,

Ever wonder what a pink peppercorn-infused tequila, accented with lemon juice,

but its real specialty lies in its highly acclaimed cocktail program. Helmed by

mint, and green tea, tastes like (we didn’t either, but trust us on this one)?

veterans Luke Andes, Nadia Underwood, and Adrianne Biggs, The Powder

Adult shakes and artisanal offerings aside, the space itself is worth a

Room offers an assortment of spiked shakes, blended with the sentiments

nod. Glitzy black marble tops, white snakeskin stools, and silver alligator-skin booths

of a naughty suburbia. Clever concoctions like the ‘Steel Magnolia,’ a brew

exude a touch of Hollywood movie magic. A bar the likes of young professionals,

of real red velvet cake, vodka-soaked cherries, crushed salted pretzels, and

scenester urbanites, and bride-to-bes fancy for birthday parties, date-night happy

vanilla ice cream, or ‘Strawberry Fields,’ a mix of strawberry cream vodka,

hours, and bachelorette parties galore. With a quality over quantity mentality, The

fresh strawberry puree, brandy, shortcake cookies, and tapioca pudding, are

Powder Room delivers fresh shakes and cocktails made from the best ingredients,

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WHO RUN THE WORLD? PRODUCER & ART DIRECTOR MEAGAN JUDKINS DOES

You’ve heard the old adage that good art is the ability to take two seemingly unrelated concepts and show how they intersect. If this cliche is accurate, then it’s the best explanation for the notable talent of renaissance woman Meagan Judkins. You can find Meagan handling everything from location scouts and casting to budget calculating, styling and photo editing. Her signature appears on cult-favorite brands like Minimale Animale, epic editorials with Luke Gilford for Prada, and, most recently, narrative film shorts. This onewoman show is a by-any-means-necessary production. A product of a schizophrenic upbringing, Meagan oscillated between cultural extremes: A conservative Mormon mother from Berkeley, an agnostic father from Seattle, and a Jewish Brazilian stepmother whose career in art and interest in fashion served as a template for a young girl living a stone’s throw from the beehive itself, Brigham Young University. A sort of “army brat,” her father’s work took her from Utah to D.C., from Brazil to Argentina, Paraguay, and finally to LA, where she took root on her own before the age of 18. A disjointed upbringing can set a fire under a person, instilling in them a sort of permanent traveler status—an ability to feel at home in the strange and see the strangeness of home. This unique point of view is the ethos of Meagan’s work.

LET’S GET INTO IT. WE INITIALLY HAD TROUBLE CHOOSING A THEME FOR THE ISSUE BETWEEN ROMANCE, INTIMACY AND LUST. WE SELECTED “ROMANCE” FOR BOTH VISUAL AND SEASONAL PURPOSES. WHICH CONCEPT APPEALS YOU THE MOST RIGHT NOW? At this moment intimacy strikes a cord. Though, intimacy with oneself vs an intimate relationship between two (or more). The journey of self-love and (hopefully) the nurturing aspect of a personal intimacy. IN THE NAME OF OPTIMISM, CAN YOU TELL US SOMETHING YOU FIND REASONABLY CHARMING ABOUT LA MEN? I find most LA men quite charming in general, they are trained to be. Literally. FAVORITE COLOR PALETTE? YOU GET NO SPECIFICITY HERE. LIKE, IN GENERAL. Forest greens, jewel tones, reds. I’m a color lovin’ gal. A deep cobalt blue really does it for me. LAST TIME WE SAW YOU, YOU WERE UPSET WITH YOUR NEW FANCY DEODORANT, FOUND A BETTER ONE YET? I’ve done away with deodorant entirely. The cheap stuff lives amid too many negative rumors, the costly can’t keep up with my blue collar lifestyle. There is no middle ground that I am willing to settle on.

SO, HI! CAN WE GET YOU SOMETHING TO DRINK? Water would be lovely. Thank you.

AS A FREELANCER, HAVE YOU FIGURED OUT YOUR HEALTHCARE SITCH YET? Actually, no. Can you help me with that you damn dirty socialists?

SOLID CHOICE. HOW’S YOUR WINTER GOING? As LA winters do; warm nights, creative days.

WE’RE READY FOR A VACATION. Yeah, well there ain’t no rest for the wicked.

TEAM MILEY OR TEAM KANYE OR BOTH? Neither and both at the same time.

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